• Seniors month off to a great ‘art’!

    Seniors month off to a great ‘art’!

    On 19 October, Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services held an art exhibition and competition at the Millicent Civic and Arts Centre, showcasing artwork created by clients.

    This new event was held as part of ‘Seniors Month on the Limestone Coast,’ a celebration throughout October that recognises the important and essential roles older people play in the community.

    ‘This year, we decided to add an art exhibition and competition to our usual high tea Seniors Month celebration,’ explains Coordinator, Kate Farana.

    ‘It’s safe to say that it has been a fantastic hit with clients! A total of 70 artwork pieces were displayed on the day, with every artist receiving a certificate of appreciation for their contribution.’

    Older woman with third place certificate and gift
    Client, Ailsa Murphy, won third place for her painting

    ‘Categories included painting, drawing, photography, and handmade crafts.’

    ‘Resthaven staff also loved to get involved. They surprised us with their hidden talents, with one staff member creating floral centrepiece arrangements for the high tea tables.’

    ‘As always, the high tea was the highlight of the day and, according to some, the highlight of the year!’

    ‘We were pleased to see nearly 80 guests attending the exhibition, including clients, their families, and other seniors from the area.’

    ‘For many clients, the art exhibition is a great opportunity for them to showcase their skills and grow their confidence along the way.’

    Client, Ailsa Murphy (pictured above right), says, ‘I didn’t think I had anything good to enter the art competition and my daughter, Robyn, told me that was rubbish. So, we entered, and I’m very glad I did!’

    Client, Anna Letizia, agrees; ‘It was a great surprise to see my artwork up for display. It’s given me the courage to stop criticising myself and feel confident in my work.’

    Art exhibition pieces were judged by Senior Manager Community Services, Sue Dahl, and Wattle Range Council Mayor, Des Noll, presented the awards.

    ‘It’s a great event for the community to see all the talented clients and their artworks,’ says Mayor Des Noll.

    Eileen Morris took out the top spot in the painting category, followed by Brenda Sutherland (2nd) and Ailsa Murphy (3rd).

    Older man with gift basket and first place certificate
    Client, Brendan Buchanan, won first place for his photography

    In the photography category, Brendan Buchanan (pictured right) won first place, followed by Bill Cull (2nd) and Eileen Morris (3rd).

    Brenda Sutherland was awarded first prize in the craft category, followed by Jennifer Cruise (2nd) and Dorothy Jackway (3rd).

    ‘Resthaven staff served a large variety of homemade sweets and scrumptious savoury items, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.’

    ‘Congratulations to all the winners!’ says Kate.

    ‘We can’t wait to do it all over again next year!’

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